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Can TOGAF be updated to deliver EA?

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Here is a LinkedIn discussion on "What would make TOGAF more usable?" that prompted my post here. 

A framework, according to whatis.com, is "a real or conceptual structure intended to serve as a support or guide for the building of something that expands the structure". TOGAF is not a framework in this sense. 

TOGAF is not a framework, in the sense that artifacts or building blocks plug into, to give an EA.

Essentially TOGAF is about ADM (Architecture Development Method) an IT project management guide + lots of additional advice from other domains such a requirements and risk management which should not be part of, in my opinion, but referenced by TOGAF. In fact, ADM seems to cover more than the architecture development effort itself.

ADM also extends to such phases that an architect hardly ever controls such as implementation and change management.

Besides the process of transition from one state to another is hardly news. It is common sense. We all do that in our everyday work and life. 

 TOGAF specifies or I'd rather say "mentions" in the ADM Business Architecture (BA) phase, concepts like capabilities, functions, processes, Value Chains and even People... . It does not provide though any guidelines on how to build or relate these constructs  or how to build a business architecture in the end, which is an integral part of an EA.

TOGAF hardly mentions strategy or roadmapping that are often expected from an EA.

Hence, TOGAF can barely serve the development of an EA. That explains the lack of results.

There is little point in extending TOGAF since it would be too much to prune and too little left afterwards.

Unfortunately, TOGAF has become a production band for unproductive EAs.


 See more thoughts on TOGAF in the following: 
TOGAF, is it an EA framework?
http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/ea-matters/togaf-is-it-an-ea-framework-35232

Training in TOGAF, my unorthodox findings
http://www.ebizq.net/blogs/ea_matters/2011/06/togaf.php

What is TOGAF offering in terms of Business Architecture?
http://it.toolbox.com/blogs/ea-matters/what-is-togaf-offering-in-terms-of-business-architecture-46819

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Adrian Grigoriu blogs about everything relating to enterprise and business architecture, SOA, frameworks, design, planning, execution, organization and related issues.

Adrian Grigoriu

Adrian is an executive consultant in enterprise architecture, former head of enterprise architecture at Ofcom, the spectrum and broadcasting U.K. regulatory agency and chief architect at TM Forum, an organization providing a reference integrated business architecture framework, best practices and standards for the telecommunications and digital media industries. He also was a high technology, enterprise architecture and strategy senior manager at Accenture and Vodafone, and a principal consultant and lead architect at Qantas, Logica, Lucent Bell Labs and Nokia. He is the author of two books on enterprise architecture development available on Kindle and published articles with BPTrends, the Microsoft Architecture Journal and the EI magazine. Shortlisted by Computer Weekly for the IT Industry blogger of the year 2011.

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